In the aftermath of last Tuesday's tragedy, Manhattan was cordoned off from 14th Street southward, and official sources reported that all routes were closed and buildings were shut down in the area. Yet an informal survey Wednesday morning indicated that, between 14th and Houston streets, perhaps a third of the retail businesses remained open—often shorthanded, but still open. While chains like Starbucks and Banana Republic and Rite Aid were shuttered, small mom-and-pop stores, mainly run by immigrants, were open and doing a brisk business. The persistence of these familiar small-scale establishments in the face of the tragedy provided a welcome sense of normality to the residents who milled worriedly about in the streets, not to mention providing them with vittles and a... More >>>